DEC Scan Journal : February 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 1 February 2011 76 HAGUE, Cassie & PAYTON, Sarah Digital literacy across the curriculum: a Futurelab handbook Futurelab, UK, 2010 A comprehensive handbook for cultivating digital literacy, this outlines The importance of digital literacy and presents guide- lines for integrating digital literacy into the school curriculum. Primary and secondary teachers are guided in the creative and critical use of technology in the classroom. It considers new pedagogical approaches that are required in relation to thinking, learning and problem solving in the 21st century. Detailed informa- tion and tips are presented on various aspects of digital literacy including functional skills, creativity, critical thinking, sociocultural understanding, collaboration, finding information, effective communication, and e-safety. Practical cross curriculum ideas indicate the ways digital literacy can be embraced on a whole school level. This is a readily available, valuable teaching resource. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Professional Paper Available to download free of charge from www.futurelab.org.uk/ projects/digital-participation [371.33] *1470778* SCIS 1470778 WHITFIELD, Merryn Targeting text interactively. Information texts. Upper primary [electronic resource] Blake Education, Vic, 2010  Geared towards teaching a range of text types in primary classrooms, these booklet and CD-ROM sets are especially designed for IWB use. They are very well conceived and presented. The text types explained and modelled include: report, diary, journal entry, explanation, procedure, biography, autobiography, scientific report, description, travel guide, news article, and encyclopaedia entry. Clickable coloured icons help students to identify the different grammatical forms used in each sample text. Visual presentations are clear, informative and engaging and PDFs of student activities are available to print. The presentation of each text type follows a clear procedure: explaining its purpose or use and structure, presenting examples, and offering tools and checklists to assist students with their own writing. These thoughtfully presented IWB lessons would make a wonderful teaching resource. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6 $199.00 each Reviewed titles in this series: Targeting texts interactively. Information texts. Lower primary SCIS 1470642 Targeting texts interactively. Information texts. Middle primary SCIS 1470647 Targeting texts interactively. Information texts. Upper primary SCIS 1470648 BLAND, Nick The very itchy bear Scholastic, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9781741696516 Cranky bear is no longer cranky; he is enjoying a pleasant, quiet read which is interrupted when Flea announces his presence, in a way that only fleas can. The resultant sea journey for both Flea and Bear culminates somewhat surprisingly, allowing the reader to maintain a feeling of uncertainty and expectation until the end, when Bear realises that no matter how annoying, Flea has become a necessary and wanted part of his life. The rhyming text in this picture book is deceptively simple, leaving the story's themes of friendship and getting on despite differences, to be implied rather than stated outright. The illustrations add humorous detail to the story, providing an enjoyable reading experience. S. Morton USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Paper $16.99 SCIS 1470609 BROWN, Kerry & STEWART, Lisa Can I cuddle the moon? Scholastic, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9781741695540  Baby owl is looking for someone to cuddle and after a long search realises that his mother is the one he has been looking for. Most of the story is written with two rhyming sentences on each double page. These sentences take the form of a question and answer for the first half of the story. They become statements and exclama- tions followed by a series of questions and finally statements leading to the resolution. It is a wonderful picture book for shared The Office of Schools Plan 2009--2011 <www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/polici es/literacy/guidelines/> articulates what is needed to best support every learner in NSW government schools. Literacy and Numeracy are priority areas. Reviewers include literacy and numeracy experts to show how resources might support these priorities. Some books in this section are nonfiction or have relevance to a particular KLA. Literacy and Numeracy resources Resources are listed in Dewey order. Picture books Picture books are arranged alphabetically by author.